, and my duty at Urban-and-Rural
is to feature submitted artworks. Recently we decided to change the way we do it, and instead of themes & Featured folders, we decided to pick only one Member and make a little interview with them to get to know our members a little more and I'll feature amazing U&R photographers every second week!
Here is our next Featured Member, paikan07
First of all, thank you so much paikan07
for taking time and let me interview you!
When did you start taking Urban & Rural Photos?
In 2004, when I received my Nikon D70. This was the first time I really started to go out, looking for good spots where to take pictures. I started straight away with City Life and Architecture pictures, it was and still is what I like the most in Photography. I also started a little bit of landscape photography but it came later.
What kind of equipment do you own for taking photos?
Canon 5D Mark II
CANON EF 15mm F/2.8
CANON EF 17-40mm F/4.0L USM
CANON EF 50mm F/1.4 USM
Canon EF 70-200mm, f/4.0 L USM
Slik SPRINT PRO II GM (seldom used)
Various filters (Cokin / Lee / Singh-Ray / B+W)
Do you have a favourite Urban & Rural Photographer here on deviantART?
What are your favourites from your own gallery and why?
Most people don't like rain but I love it. I like those melancholic moments, when I walk alone in a city, at night and when it's raining. This is when the city reveals all its secrets. Pictures taken under the rain often translate this incredible atmosphere. Reflections on the floor makes it kind of unreal.
I don't use the fisheye a lot anymore but I think it works pretty well here, it makes the city even more oppressing. Although you don't really see it, there is smoke going out of the manhole and it makes the horizon line kind of blurry, as in a dream but you don't whether you want to wake up or not.
I like this one because it took me a lof time to get what I wanted. Photography is really time consuming and when you see a picture you hardly imagine what efforts it took the photographer to produce it. I took around 300 pictures from this spot, playing with settings, filters and lenses until I could get what I came for. It's not an original picture or composition at all but I gained some experience by staying there and playing with the settings. I feel my future pictures will benefit from this.
Small side note: I still have many Urban & Rural pics to upload on DA and I think some of my favorites are part of them!
How or why did you start taking U&R related photos?
Even before starting photography, I always had a kind of sensibility for urban pictures. When I was a kid, although I wasn't really attracted by art in general, I loved watching city life pictures from Saul Leiter. They are at the same time very graphical and very intrigant: you try to understand people's lives and feelings. The day I received my first camera, I went straight to the city where I grew up and started to take pictures of people, dead ends, tyre traces on the floor, abandoned hospitals, a landsome tree in an ocean of concrete and I was just feeling happy. It is actually very basic: I was just happy to be there, having the feeling to be the only one to see what was surrounding us while everyone else is running around, busy with many other things.
And now more amazing photos from the deviant!